Try these home remedies to ease period pain and prevent menstrual cramps

First Published Jan 8, 2021, 2:13 PM IST

To make sure you don't suffer every month and toss and turn in pain, we’ve listed 7 effective home remedies to ease period pain and even prevent menstrual cramps.
 

<p>Period pain is tough to endure. For many women, it requires taking an extra leave or a forced break from daily commitments.</p>

Period pain is tough to endure. For many women, it requires taking an extra leave or a forced break from daily commitments.

<p>Did you know that dysmenorrhea i.e. extreme period pain interferes with the daily activities of 1 in every 5 women according to the American Academy of Family Physicians?</p>

Did you know that dysmenorrhea i.e. extreme period pain interferes with the daily activities of 1 in every 5 women according to the American Academy of Family Physicians?

<p>To make sure you don't suffer every month and toss and turn in pain, we’ve listed 7 effective home remedies to ease period pain and even prevent menstrual cramps.</p>

To make sure you don't suffer every month and toss and turn in pain, we’ve listed 7 effective home remedies to ease period pain and even prevent menstrual cramps.

<p><strong>Massage with Sesame Oil : </strong>Sesame oil is traditionally used for abhyanga i.e. the daily Ayurvedic self-massage. It is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can use sesame oil and massage it on your lower abdomen while you’re menstruating. It helps a lot.</p>

Massage with Sesame Oil : Sesame oil is traditionally used for abhyanga i.e. the daily Ayurvedic self-massage. It is rich in linoleic acid, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can use sesame oil and massage it on your lower abdomen while you’re menstruating. It helps a lot.

<p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Fenugreek seeds:</strong> These seeds are known to facilitate weight loss, and are good for your liver, kidneys and metabolism. Turns out that they could be a good companion during your period too. You can reduce period pain with the help of fenugreek seeds. All you need to do is soak it in water for 12 hours, and then drink up.</p>

Fenugreek seeds: These seeds are known to facilitate weight loss, and are good for your liver, kidneys and metabolism. Turns out that they could be a good companion during your period too. You can reduce period pain with the help of fenugreek seeds. All you need to do is soak it in water for 12 hours, and then drink up.

<p><strong>Heat:</strong> Applying heat on the lower abdomen helps relax the contracting muscles in the uterus. A hot water bottle always does the trick for me, but you can use over-the-counter heating pads or patches for comfort as well. Sipping on warm fluids or taking a hot shower also helps to relieve pain and make you feel more relaxed.</p>

Heat: Applying heat on the lower abdomen helps relax the contracting muscles in the uterus. A hot water bottle always does the trick for me, but you can use over-the-counter heating pads or patches for comfort as well. Sipping on warm fluids or taking a hot shower also helps to relieve pain and make you feel more relaxed.

<p><strong>Exercise:</strong> This may seem crazy to you, considering you can barely move (let alone brisk walk) when you’re dying in pain. But exercising increases circulation to the pelvic region and releases endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that cause the uterine muscles to contract during menstruation). Do yoga asanas such as pranayama and shavasana (the corpse pose) while menstruating, as it eases pain and helps the body to relax. It also helps if you lie on your back with your knees bent. It is important to exercise regularly for your overall health, but it is especially important if you're prone to painful menstrual cramps.</p>

Exercise: This may seem crazy to you, considering you can barely move (let alone brisk walk) when you’re dying in pain. But exercising increases circulation to the pelvic region and releases endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that cause the uterine muscles to contract during menstruation). Do yoga asanas such as pranayama and shavasana (the corpse pose) while menstruating, as it eases pain and helps the body to relax. It also helps if you lie on your back with your knees bent. It is important to exercise regularly for your overall health, but it is especially important if you're prone to painful menstrual cramps.

<p><strong>Ginger and Black Pepper Tea: </strong>Make herbal tea using dried ginger and black pepper. Add a little sugar for taste but avoid milk. Ginger can effectively reduce period pain, as it plays a key role in lowering the levels of prostaglandins. As an added bonus, it also helps make irregular periods regular and fights fatigue associated with premenstrual syndrome.</p>

Ginger and Black Pepper Tea: Make herbal tea using dried ginger and black pepper. Add a little sugar for taste but avoid milk. Ginger can effectively reduce period pain, as it plays a key role in lowering the levels of prostaglandins. As an added bonus, it also helps make irregular periods regular and fights fatigue associated with premenstrual syndrome.

<p><strong>Cumin Seeds: </strong>You can make a herbal tea out of cumin seeds to reduce period pain. Cumin has a relaxing effect, and its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties are useful for getting rid of menstrual cramps.</p>

Cumin Seeds: You can make a herbal tea out of cumin seeds to reduce period pain. Cumin has a relaxing effect, and its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties are useful for getting rid of menstrual cramps.

<p><strong>Chamomile Tea:</strong> Chamomile tea has pain-relieving properties. It helps relax the uterus and decrease the production of prostaglandins, thus reducing period pain.</p>

Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea has pain-relieving properties. It helps relax the uterus and decrease the production of prostaglandins, thus reducing period pain.

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